Jerry Coleman's Nine Burner: Jazz Makes You Happy
Jerry Coleman approached me at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York sometime in the mid-'80s, told me how much he loved my nonet and politely told me that he had intentions to assemble one in Chicago. Since then, the band played many dates in town and we have all grown. This underscores the beauty of jazz, every musician and ensemble have the capacity to be unique—no matter the similarities!
The Nine Burner is a very sophisticated ensemble comprised of some of Chicago's finest and somewhat legendary musicians: Ron Kolber, John Whitfield, Bobby Lewis, Ron Friedman, Cy Touff, Mike Smith, Gene Esposito and Jodie Christian ... to name a few. This CD documents the original band, recorded about 10 years ago, and the current edition, recorded more recently.
The repertoire covers standards, jazz standards and fine originals. All of the arrangements have something to say, thanks to Bobby Schiff, Gene Esposito and Bobby Lewis. Plus, Manny Mendelson's "The Neuro-Physiological Affects of the American Highway System" is a strong original that must be heard.
This is a fine recording that will warrant many plays. In his liner notes, Jerry Coleman says that everyone should have a band fun band like this. I totally agree.—MV
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